Dear Reader,

I had a blast writing this third book in the series, especially after experiencing one of Deadwood's haunted hotels first-hand while participating in the South Dakota Festival of Books. Did I see a ghost while staying in the hotel? No, but the bathroom door kept swinging open in the night. That alone was enough to make me sleep with the covers over my head. Unlike Violet in this series, I'm a big chicken when it comes to ghost-filled rumors.

Instead of telling you more about the background for this third book in the Deadwood Mystery series, I want to talk about the kind and welcoming people of the Black Hills-the real characters, not the fictitious ones I've created within the pages of this book.

From the start, a goal of mine with this series was to promote one of my favorite spots on earth-the Black Hills. I have always loved visiting the area, and I wanted to give readers a reason to go there, to see the beautiful vistas, to learn more about the colorful history, and to have fun in one of America's marvelous playgrounds.

When we published the first book in the series (Nearly Departed in Deadwood) and started promoting it in the Deadwood-Lead area, I breathed into paper bags for days while waiting to see what kind of response the book would receive from the locals. This was the big test. If the book tanked in the Black Hills, I'd have no local support and I'd have to dress in disguise the next time I visited my mom (who lives there). Worse, I would have let the locals down.
Then the positive reviews began to pour in. Support began to build. Several wonderful area businesses allowed me to place promotional materials next to their cash registers, on their walls, in their windows. Word began to spread about a new series set in the hills from an author who had spent part of her childhood in the area. Best yet, my mom could still go shopping at the grocery store in Lead without wearing a veil of shame.

We released the second book in the series (Optical Delusions in Deadwood) to the public. Again I waited, breath held and fingers crossed. More emails and phone calls came from the locals, full of kind words that made my smile spread from ear to ear. The series was taking flight with the help of many.
It was an author's dream come true-my dream.

Now, as you hold this third book of the series in your hands, here I am again, crossing everything I can cross, waiting. Will the locals like it?
Will you like it? Will I faint from holding my breath?

Many of you are back for the third time. I can't thank you enough for your continued support.

For those of you who wonder how many more books there are to come in my Deadwood Mystery series, buckle up, we're just getting rolling. It's going to be a wild ride.

Have fun back in Deadwood!

“Nothing good ever happens at the butt-crack of dawn. No doubt, the headless corpse on the autopsy table in front of me would agree.”–Violet Parker

Real estate agent, Violet “Spooky” Parker stumbles upon a body-part theft ring at the local funeral parlor and suspects her caustic coworker has a hand in it–or maybe a foot. Can Violet discover what’s in the crates the crooks are sneaking out of the mortuary in the dark of night? Or will she end up in one of them herself … in pieces?

To celebrate, I'm giving away a $50.00 giftcard from Amazon to one lucky reader! All you have to do is:

1. Visit my author page on Facebook. LIKE my page please! If you've already liked my page, please hit the FORWARD link in the footer of this email and share it with at least two or three friends.

2. Then send an email with your full name and mailing address to If you chose to forward this newsletter to friends, please include their email addresses in your email. Be sure to mark the subject as ‘AC-DeadCase’. That's it!

No Facebook? No problem! Just share this newsletter with three friends by hitting the 'Forward email' link in the footer of this email for Step 1 and then follow through with Step 2.

You'll be entered into the contest. Deadline is December 27th, 2012!

Thank you and Happy Reading!!

Ann Charles

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